November 16, 2015 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Luke 18:35-43
Twice in today’s Gospel … the blind man calls out “Son of David … have pity on me”. What is he shouting about?
Obviously … he wants to call attention to himself … he wants Jesus to notice him. He begs for sympathy … mercy … kindness … understanding. We can only guess that he probably heard about this Jesus … and he trusted that Jesus would notice him.
And … what happens? Jesus hears him and enters into conversation asking what the man really wants. Jesus says … “what do you want me to do for you?” It is then … in the direct presence of the Lord that the man is specific … “Lord … please let me see.”
At that graced moment … not only is the man’s sight restored … he also is blessed with salvation … “Have sight; your faith has saved you” Jesus tells him.
The sight the man received was not just physical sight. It also was spiritual “IN-SIGHT”. The Gospel continues and tells us that this man who could now see … followed Jesus and gave glory to God.
What a difference from the original request for pity!
We learn from this Gospel … that if we call out to the Lord … even if at first we can’t figure out what we really need … we will be heard … and we will be blessed in abundance … in more ways than we even realize. We will see things in a new light.
When we engage in conversation with the Lord … our faith and trust can bring us new vision … can open the eyes of our hearts and souls to God’s goodness … so that we too follow and give glory to God.
We are so blessed!